Rules of Engagement (RoE)

Sanremo, 9-13 October 2017


The aim of the Rules Of Engagement (ROE) Course is to provide participant’s with an understanding of the functions of ROE, their formulation, implementation, interpretation and management.

The Course examines the relationship between legal, political, and operational parameters in the formulation of ROE and the inherent tensions between the competing concerns of risk to mission and risk to force. Using an end to end approach, ROE issues are placed within the context of staff processes from operational design to mission execution by operators.

The key overarching teaching objectives of the Course are for participants to understand:

  1. The legal bases for the use of force under IHL in ROE (including conflict classification).
  2. ROE and law of the sea, air law, and SOFAs.
  3. ROE as a command and control tool for the use of force.
  4. The relationship between ROE and Staff processes, products (including targeting directives) associated with ROE formulation, promulgation, and modification (ROE management).
  5. The definitions and relationships of Self-defence, Hostile Intent & Hostile Act to ROE.
  6. Key elements of selected national and multinational ROE systems including caveats, interoperability.
  7. Drafting ROE for a wide range of single service, joint, and multinational operations, using the Sanremo ROE Handbook.
  8. Interpreting ROE and application to operational issues.
  9. ROE training & training audiences.
  10. ROE incidents, investigations and consequences.

ROE topics are examined in the single service, national, joint and multinational environments and from a strategic, operational, and tactical level of command perspective. The focus throughout the Course is an experienced based practical methodology which practically addresses topics. 

The Course is designed as core training for military officers & civilian personnel, staff advisers and operators concerned with ROE in the planning, training, or conduct phases of operations. 

The Course is a specialised Course for those practitioners with a foundation of relevant legal and operational experience. Participants must have attended the IIHL Foundation Course or a national or international equivalent.

Additionally, in order to fully benefit from the programme, IIHL has developed a pre-Course reading list to improve the foundation knowledge of students prior to their arriving in Sanremo.

Administrative information

The registration fee is 1.000 Euro. Registration fees must be remitted before the start of the course by bank transfer or, at the latest, upon arrival in cash or Euro currency cheque. Visa and/or Mastercard are also accepted either on the website or at the Institute. The registration fee covers:

  • Workshop material (including the Sanremo RoE Handbook)
  • Lunches and coffee breaks on working days
  • Welcome Cocktail and final official dinner
  • Course Photograph, Diploma  and Institute Plaque
  • Transport from/to Nice Airport

The registration fee does not cover all other expenses incurred by the participant such as hotel accommodation, laundry or telephone calls. Participants must ensure that they bring with them sufficient funds to pay for such expenses.

Cancellation policy

  • Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received in excess of 14 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur no liabilities except for bank charges.
  • Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received within 8 to 14 days prior to the start date of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 50% of the fee.
  • Candidate participants whose cancellation request is received within 7 days prior to the start date or after the commencement of the training activity will incur an administration fee equal to 100% of the fee.

Further information is available here. Queries on the course including registration and administrative questions should be directed to Ms Maria Jonsson at

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